Language and Listening Studies

 

Early Vocal and Speech Development in Infants and Toddlers

Infants and toddlers demonstrate many different types of vocal behaviors as they begin to develop speech and language. Understanding the types of sounds your child makes will help us measure children’s early vocal behaviors.

Your child may qualify for this study if he or she:

  • Is between 6 and 21 months of age
  • Does not have developmental delays
  • Has normal hearing
  • Lives in a home where English is the primary language

Participation includes a phone interview about your child’s current vocal behaviors and completion of two questionnaires about your child’s development. Some parents may also be asked to provide an audio recording of their child’s vocalizations.
*You must have a working computer and access to the internet to complete the interview.

All studies will take place over the phone and via the web.

If you are selected for the study, you will receive a $15 Target® gift card as compensation for your time. If you are chosen to provide an audio recording of your child’s vocal behavior, you will receive a second $15 Target® gift card.

To participate in this research study, please contact: Anne Thomas at (402) 452-5618 or Anne.Thomas@boystown.org.

Children’s Understanding of Speech in Noise and Reverberation Listening and Learning Lab

The goal of this study is to examine children’s understanding of speech in the presence of background noise and reverberation. For this study, children will:

  • Have their hearing screened
  • Listen to sentences presented from a loudspeaker and repeat back what is heard
  • Complete a vocabulary measure

Duration: 1 session lasting 1 to 2 hours

Compensation: $15

If all of the following traits describe you, you may be eligible for this study:

  • 8 to 12 years of age
  • Normal hearing

If interested or for more information, please call Katlyn Bostic at 402-498-6664 or email at Katlyn.Bostic@boystown.org.

Bilingual Hearing Study

Speech Perception and Acoustics Lab

This study looks at the influence of hearing loss on speech perception in noise for Spanish-English bilingual children.

Duration: up to 2 visits lasting about 2 hours each

Compensation: $15 per hour

If all of the following traits describe you, you may be eligible for this study:

  • 5 to 13 years of age
  • Normal language and hearing capabilities
  • Can speak both Spanish and English fluently.

If interested or for more details, please call Lydia Rosado Rogers at 402-452-5021 or e-mail at Lydia.rogers@boystown.org.

Este estudio analiza la influencia de la perdida de la audición sobre la percepción del habla en ruido para niños que son bilingües en inglés y español. Estamos buscando a niños/niñas de edad 5 a 13 años con desarrollos de lenguaje y audición normales que dominan el inglés y el español. Una cita dura aproximadamente 2 horas y los participantes son requeridos de atender lo máximo de dos citas. Participantes quilificados recibirán $15.00  en efectivo por hora. Si están interesados, por favor llamen a Lydia Rosado Rogers al teléfono 402-452-5021 o por correo electrónico Lydia.rogers@boystown.org.

Learning to Communicate with Hearing Loss

Communication Development Laboratory

The goal of this study is to see how children with hearing loss learn to communicate. When your child is about 18, 22, 27 and 36 months of age, you’ll come to our playroom at the Boys Town National Research Hospital. At these visits we will videotape you playing with your child for a half hour and have you complete questionnaires about your child’s development. During the final visit, your child will play a few language games. We’ll share the information we collect about your child’s development with you.

Duration: 1 visit lasting about 1 hour when your child is about 18, 22, 27 and 36 months of age

Compensation: Mothers will receive $15 per hour. Infants will receive a gift at each visit.

If all of the following traits describe you, you may be eligible for this study:

  • Mother of a 0 to 19-month-old infant with hearing loss in both ears
  • You communicate with your child who is hard of hearing primarily through spoken English, with or without signs.

For more information or to sign up, contact Sophie Ambrose at (402) 452-5607 or Sophie.Ambrose@boystown.org

Children’s Understanding of Acoustic Information in Speech

Hearing Aid Research Lab

The goal of this study is to examine children’s understanding of the acoustic information contained in speech. For this study, children will:

  1. 1. Have their hearing tested
  2. 2. Listen to sounds (beeps or noise) presented from headphones and indicate what is heard
  3. 3. Complete a questionnaire.

Duration: 1 visit lasting 1 to 2 hours

Compensation: $15 per hour

If all of the following traits describe you, you may be eligible for this study

  • 5 to 18 years of age
  • Normal hearing or hearing loss

For more information please call Evan at 402-498-6533 or email at Evan.Cordrey@boystown.org

 

If you would like to add your name and/or your children's names to our database of interested research volunteers, please contact Colleen Gibilisco at (402) 498-6705 or colleen.gibilisco@boystown.org, and we will contact you when a new study matches your interests and qualifications.